Ok so after a conversation with another poster about Isards Revenge. I thought I’d post a review myself. It was Stackpoles last Rogue Squadron book as well as one of the last Bantam books and it’s now 19 years since it’s publication back in 1999. So did it tie things up for people and does it still hold up. Those are questions I ask: I admit, the Title does seem a bit of misnomer. Isard is back. 2 of them in fact but they don’t really want revenge. The real one wants her Ship back (which she kind of gets in a horrific way) and the other seems to be teaming up with Krennel almost out of desperation rather than some big plan for revenge. So reading the story, which starts off with the Bilbringi Shipyards battle from Last Command, where Corran shows off his mad skillz and we are told Thrawn is genius, the depth of which is undeniable (it literally states that in the book) Corran thinks he’s incredible and wants to meet him and shake his hand. A not so subtle nod to Side Trip and the fact he has met him. You then get the usual Stackpolisms where he has Corran wink at a holograph picture of his wife (seems a bit of a strange thing to do in a middle of a dog fight ) and snap rolls and Corran taking out Ties all over the place really easily. Even his dog fight with a 181st fighter doesn’t really have tension. Compare that to the previously written IJedi and the excellently written and tension filled Duel between Corran and Tycho and it’s striking Anyway Bilbringi ends and we get to the meat of the main story which is the NR taking out a planet with a popular warlord called Krennel on it, to send a message to the other Warlords. Krennel himself is a fun character it was a shame how casually he was offed in Jmo. Best comparison would be Bane in DR. Both a got away with in favour of less interesting characters. In Bane’s case it was for Talia Al Gul and in this case, Isard whose neither as fun nor interesting. There is one revelation of her confession that she loved Palpatine but it doesn’t tell anything about her (she likes evil things grrr or add anything to Corran (whose awesome) and his views of things. It’s kind of pointless Of course Stackpole doesn’t delve deeper into the obvious. If Krennel is popular on his world and the NR invade and take over and the planet doesn’t like it. What happens then ? It’s a question Stackpole hints but never really goes further with. The book switches back from Allstons group character stories to really just being about Corran. Yes Gavin/Tycho and Wedge get a go but it’s realky Corran that’s the main character. Now this is not bad per say but we don’t really learn much more about Corran, he’s super cool and beats the bad guys and well that’s about it. There is some irony about all this because as with Isard and Krennel, the side characters are more interesting than the ones Stackpole concentrates on. Wedge and Tycho and Gavin are actually more fun and interesting to read about, than Corran the superjock. Anyway we also get the first look at Tie Defenders. After years of making the bad guys fly around in death traps and the good guys in super super machines, he decides to give the baddies a sliver of brain power and make them invent and use a ship that’s just as good. As what the goodies use. Then irony of ironies they aren’t actually beaten in them. The TIE crew are rendered unconscious when they land on a Super Star Destroyer and I’m guessing quickly captured. All in all it was a fun and enjoyable if forgettable story. As a story I’m not sure it needed to be told and I’m not sure it added much to lore but I would not say it’s bad. It had a lot of the Stackpole strengths and weaknesses in his writing all in one 6.5/10 or 3 out of stars Though I am glad that Allston rounded off the Bantam Run with Star Fighters Of Adumar which I think ended the X-wing series on a better note and with Wedge rather than Corran who should’ve been the main character in Jmo. So what did other people think of this book ?